President Xi Jinping is apparently not unaware of media reports on the improper behavior of some Chinese tourists in foreign countries.
So during his visit to Maldives, a popular tourist resort in the Indian Ocean, he took the opportunity to impart some friendly reminders to compatriots on how they should behave when traveling abroad.
“We should teach our people to behave properly when traveling abroad,” he told a meeting with Chinese embassy staff and representatives of Chinese organizations and companies in Maldives on Monday.
“Don’t leave an empty water bottle where it doesn’t belong and don’t destroy the coral reefs,” China News Service quoted the president as saying.
He also suggested that Chinese tourists should try the local seafood and cuisine on the islands, instead of just having instant noodles.
Xi made the remarks when the Chinese ambassador to Maldives, Wang Fukang, spoke about growing cooperation on tourism between China and Maldives.
Maldives is the second leg of Xi’s four-nation Asian tour which also covers Tajikistan, Sri Lanka and India.
According to the foreign ministry, China has been the biggest source of tourism for Maldives in the past four years. The number of Chinese tourists to the islands is expected to surpass 400,000 this year, Xi said.
During his talks with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday, Xi proposed the opening of more flights between China and the islands as part of his bid to build a “21st century maritime silk road” in the region.
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